Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes since 1970

The following events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role. Numbered events involve passenger deaths where at least one death did not involve stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. Other events are included if they are considered to be a significant event as defined by

  1. 15 September 1988; Ethiopian Airlines 737-200; ET-AJA; flight 604; Bahar Dar, Ethiopia: The aircraft, which was on a scheduled domestic flight from Bahar Dar to Asmara, ingested numerous pigeons into both engines during takeoff. One engine lost thrust almost immediately and the second lost thrust during the emergency return to the airport, leading the crew to execute a wheels-up landing. As a result of the crash landing, all six crew members survived, but 35 of the 98 passengers were killed.
    Other no engine flight events
    Other 737 plane crashes

    12 March 1993; Ethiopian Airlines ATR 42-300; Dire Dawa, Ethiopia: The aircraft departed a scheduled domestic flight from Gambela to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia when four hijackers attempted to force the crew to fly to Djibouti. The crew landed at Dire Dawa to refuel, where Ethiopian authorities began negotiating with the hijackers. After six days of negotiations, security forces attacked the aircraft and killed two of the hijackers. None of the four crew members or 26 passengers were killed during this event.
    Other ATR events

  2. 23 November 1996; Ethiopian Airlines 767-200ER; near Moroni, Comoros Islands: The aircraft was on a flight from Ethiopia to Kenya when it was hijacked by at least two people. While attempting a landing near Moroni in the Comoros Islands the aircraft ran out of fuel and ditched near a beach. Ten of the 12 crew members and 117 of the 160 passengers were killed. The three hijackers apparently died.
    Other ditching events
    Other 767 plane crashes

  3. 25 January 2010; Ethiopian Airlines 737-800; Flight 409; near Beirut, Lebanon: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Beirut, Lebanon to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff. All 82 passengers and eight crew members were killed.
    More information on this crash
    Other 737 plane crashes
    Initial crash report

    12 July 2013; Ethiopian Airlines 787-8; ET-AOP; flight 1354; London Heathrow Airport: While the aircraft was parked, unoccupied, and unpowered, and overheating battery associated with the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) caused a fire in the upper part of the rear fuselage. The fire severely damaged the fuselage, but did not cause any injuries or deaths. The AAIB investigation did not determine whether the overheating was caused by a release of energy within the lithium-manganese dioxide batteries, or if was due to an external mechanism like an electrical short. This particular ELT was entirely independent of the aircraft's electrical power system. This event was significant because this model of ELT is used on a wide range of aircraft, and of the roughly 6,000 units produced by the manufacturer, this event was the first recorded instant of a significant thermal event.
    AAIB report on the battery fire event
    Safety implications of this kind of fire
    Other 787 safety events

Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes since 1970 -- Revised: 16 June 2015